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I'm guessing Stow will win big, given the locale and the unpopularity of Frank McCourt, but statistically speaking, the Dodgers parking lots, even before the beefed up security, were among the safest places in Los Angeles. I don't see how the Dodgers, or any private business, could or should be expected to provide better security than the police provide.
Lots of private organizations provide better security than the police. That's the whole purpose of private security.
I would think that violent crime in baseball stadium parking lots should be overwhelmingly lower, shouldn't it?
The Dodger parking lot is a vast, chaotic free-for-all filled with drunk scumbags. On a good day.
The suit is against the Dodgers, not McCourt personally, correct? Now that McCourt is no longer affiliated with the team, would he be affected by any judgement?
Of course, but I wasn't just talking about the homicide rate. During the McCourt years, 20 million or more people visited Dodger Stadium. Dodgers fans generally dislike the parking lots because of the congestion and long waits, but there wasn't a pattern of people being assaulted, and it's pure speculation that a few more security guards and/or better lighting would have prevented this incident. Indeed, similar and worse incidents have occurred elsewhere, from the streets outside AT&T Park to the Carrier Dome. Frankly, as much as what happened to Stow was awful, this wouldn't have become such a huge and continuing story if Frank McCourt wasn't so unpopular.
As part of the sale, McCourt assumed all liability for this incident. I imagine that it is still covered by whatever insurance the Dodgers had. Of course, if there is a judgment against McCourt I imagine the insurance company will refuse to pay and there will be another lawsuit.
Yes but there would be a single-incident cap on that insurance and since it's death we're talking about it the judgment could very well blow past that limit.
This amuses me. Sure, we'll pay two billion, but you have to assume liability for a six figure lawsuit!
specially not after that dude was dragged out of his car by four Mexicans and beaten.
Which is a pretty good hall. At least his family won't having crippling debt hanging over their heads.
Based on the verdict, the Dodgers will have to pay about $13.9 million, said team attorney Dana Fox. The team is on the hook to shoulder all of his past and future medical expenses and lost earnings, but 25% of the sum jurors found Stow should receive for his pain and suffering. Sanchez and Norwood each will be responsible for 37.5% of that sum. [emphasis added]
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